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Fascinating collection of Ray Cowell's illustrations comes to Kew

by: Lynn Parker, Library, Art and Archives blog
20 Dec 2011

Read about a new acquisition of illustrations by artist Ray Cowell, who painted fungi in astonishing detail -  even including the teeth marks of hungry rodents!

Hydrocybe conica fungi in grassland

Conserving British waxcap fungi

A Defra-funded project at Kew is working to find out how many waxcap species there are in Britain, and to improve methods for their identification. The results of this work should help conservationists to prioritise those species and sites which are most in need of further protection.

Small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly

Trust’s link-up with Kew offers hope for endangered butterfly

Specialists from Kew and Durham Wildlife Trust are working together to help save the endangered small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly in County Durham.

Michael Way in the wild flower meadow at Beech Farm

Sowing the seeds of UK biodiversity - Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank launches UK Native Seed Hub

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew launches the UK Native Seed Hub at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst – an initiative that draws on the Millennium Seed Bank’s extensive collection of UK native seeds, as well as its horticultural and scientific expertise to support the UK seed industry, conservation groups and other organisations working to restore native plants to the UK countryside.

Cover of Kew Scientist issue 39

Kew Scientist issue 39 is published

Issue 39 of Kew Scientist, our science and conservation newsletter, is now available and has the International Year of Forests 2011 as one of its themes.

Tim Entwistle

Kew announces Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates and Director of Public Engagement and Learning

Dr Tim Entwisle has been appointed as Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates, and Professor Angela McFarlane as Director of Public Engagement and Learning at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Traditional chain harrowing in Bloomers Valley using working horses from the Working Horse Trust

Grassland restoration at Wakehurst

Experiments are in progress at Bloomers Valley at Wakehurst to determine the best methods for restoring semi-natural grassland of lowland meadows.

Looking forward in 2011

by: Stephen Hopper, Director's blog
05 Jan 2011

A new year, and a new set of significant and important challenges for Kew and its work. But before I look ahead to 2011, I’d like to reflect briefly on a fantastic year in 2010.

Daisies find a new home in Kew's Herbarium

by: William Milliken, Herbarium blog
07 Dec 2010

Kew's vast collection of herbarium specimens of the Compositae (daisy) family is now rehoused in pest-free low-temperature storage in the new wing of the Herbarium. 

Beneath the skin of plants and fungi

New study reveals how ancient plants and soil fungi turned the Earth green

A new breakthrough by scientists at the University of Sheffield, involving scientists from Kew, has shed light on how the Earth’s first plants began to colonise the land over 470 million years ago by forming a partnership with soil fungi.

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